Welcome New Students!

About the MA Program


We are delighted to welcome our fall 2017 cohort of students to the MA in Sustainable Design program at MCAD. We think that the solar eclipse is an auspicious beginning to their tenure in the program.

Welcome new MA in Sustainable Design program students!

Jazmyne Geis (Anthropology + Dance) – Hawai’i

Ajda Mesic (Apparel Design + Textile Manufacturing) – Minnesota

Heather Meyer (Playwright + Producer/Director of Performing Arts) – Minnesota

Whitley Mike – (Graphic Design) – Minnesota

Beverly Laxa (Graphic Design) – California

Olivia Pedersen (Human Interaction + Graphic Design) – Oregon

Alex Wong (Engineering Drafting + Design) – Minnesota


Image courtesy of laura skinner on Unsplash


Cindy Gilbert / Former Director

Cindy is founder and director of Alula Consulting which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects for educational institutions, non-profits, and corporations. Recent clients include The Lemelson Foundation, VentureWell, Green Building Research Institute, University of Montana, PBS, Silverback Films, and more. Cindy has taught numerous courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability and biomimicry.

Cindy was the founding director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program for 7.5 years which is home to the fully online, multidisciplinary MA in Sustainable Design (MASD) that is the first of its kind in the world. In this role, she fostered a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and collaborative design. Before MCAD, she served for nearly four years as the founding director of university education at the Biomimicry Institute where she developed and managed all higher education programs, including the professional certification program, annual education summits, affiliate and fellows programs, and design challenges. Cindy is based in Montana. Please contact her through LinkedIn.